Shifting to warmer climes to avoid the hassles of winter’s subfreezing temperatures, slippery ice and heavy snow is increasingly becoming a priority for seniors. Residents of cooler northerly states who migrate to balmy southern ones are known as snowbirds. One state that offers plenty of sun, warmth and outdoor leisure activities is Arizona.
The Grand Canyon State has much to offer winter visitors. While the majority of snowbirds come from Canada, seniors in the United States also find Arizona to be exceptionally welcoming during the cold season. Some snowbirds are so thrilled with places like Arizona that they become sunbirds (permanent residents).
Arizona is an affordable snowbird destination. Some winter visitors tend to lengthen their stay in The Grand Canyon State because the amenities and leisure activities are bountiful. Seniors spending their winters in Arizona can also get the home care they need from professionals in the area. Apache Junction, Mesa and Gilbert are prime spots in Arizona for activity-seeking snowbirds.
The plethora of motor homes in Arizona deem some cities “white cities”. The moniker comes from the sea of the tops of motor homes seen from above when flying. While Apache Junction is not a well-known “white city,” it does offer mobile homes to fit any budget.
The average monthly rent for mobile homes in Apache Junction is under $1800. Mobile homes in Apache Junction may be situated in resort parks geared toward those 55 and older. Enjoy the convenience of fully furnished mobile homes while taking in the breathtaking mountain scenery.
While the majority of snowbirds prefer the convenience of RVs, winter visitors to Apache Junction also have opportunities to rent or buy condominiums. When snowbirds have plans to make Apache Junction their semi-permanent residence, staying in condos is an ideal choice.
With typically 40,500 residents, Apache Junction experiences a population boom when snowbirds flock to the city. The numerous outdoor activities draw many active seniors. Snowbirds can hike the Lost Dutchman State Park, visit the Boyce Thompson Arboretum or attend the seasonal Renaissance Festival.
Apache Junction also takes care of its snowbird or sunbird residents with its range of senior services. Designed for seniors, Apache Junction’s senior services programs include senior fit classes, knitting and crochet groups and lunch bingo. Senior Meals Programs provide people over 60 with affordable lunches.
Mesa is a thriving city outside Arizona’s capital city of Phoenix. Snowbirds who migrate to Mesa have several rental options, including condos. Rent for two-bedroom townhomes in Mesa can vary widely, ranging from $867 to $3000 per month. Leases can be short-term and influence the cost of rent.
Seniors are surrounded by natural glories when they stay in Mesa. The Usery Mountain Regional Park, for instance, offers hiking and walking trails and bike paths. Those who appreciate water might take a scenic boat cruise on Saguaro Lake, also in Mesa. Museums, too, offer a glimpse into Arizona history.
Mesa is rich with culture and entertainment. Seniors with a love for cooking various cuisines can stop at farmers’ markets to pick up fresh vegetables. Free pancake breakfasts are a draw for both young and old alike. Those who prefer to relax can catch films at Main Street’s movie nights.
The Mesa Active Adult Center caters to the unique needs of elderly individuals. Supportive services are comprehensive and include senior transportation services and health information and screenings. The Center also offers older people meaningful opportunities to gather, socialize and exercise.
Peaceful and safe, Gilbert offers snowbirds a chance to escape the drudgery of northern winters. Vacation rentals are pricier than in Apache Junction, but offer a wealth of amenities. A three-bedroom home in Gilbert can be rented for $4200 to $8100. Rentals also may be snagged for $1000 to $3500.
Snowbirds interested in all things Western can head out to Gilbert Days, a week-long celebration held each November. With its 200 bird species, Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch satisfies eager wildlife watchers. The Gilbert Historical Museum gives snowbirds a peek into the history of their semi-residence.
Winter visitors to Gilbert may inexpensively gaze at the stars and planets at the Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory. Gilbert’s Heritage District gives snowbirds the opportunity to take photography classes, just in case they want to capture picturesque scenes of wildlife at the Riparian Preserve.
The Gilbert Senior Center offers snowbirds the chance to mingle with other seniors in a supportive environment. Over 800 senior activities, like Tai Chi and restaurant trips, are provided annually. Wellness checks and home delivered meals provide assistance to snowbirds who stay in Gilbert.
Given the ample vacation rentals, senior amenities and events designed especially for the active older population, Arizona is one destination snowbirds return to year after year. If their finances allow, The Grand Canyon State might become a second, warm-weather home to snowbirds.
Many snowbirds in recent times are lengthening their winter stays, starting their stay in November and returning in March. Renting out a property in Arizona for a few months allows snowbirds the opportunity to test out a location prior to buying a winter vacation home in the area.
When you spend winters in Arizona, you may eventually require in-home support. Assisting Hands Home Care in Arizona, provides the most comprehensive, non-medical senior care to the elder population in the community. With a team of compassionate caregivers, continual support of any length or type is available to seniors.
Our professional caregivers are trained to provide a range of non-medical home health care, from help with bathing, grooming and dressing to meal preparation and light household chores. If you end up making Arizona your semi-residence, Assisting Hands Home Care services are flexible to le
Assisting Hands Home Care service providers are licensed and bonded to ensure that our care recipients are in the best hands. Consult our representatives when the need for respite care, post-surgical care or personal care arises. Our home care agency supports elders and their families living in Gilbert, Mesa and Queen Creek, Arizona.